Ceja's Mexican Diner & Grill uses original recipes exclusively, and makes all of its salsa and soups from scratch. The quick-service restaurant greets all of its guests with complimentary baskets of freshly baked tortilla chips and main courses follow in the form of gourmet tacos and Mexican bowls presented on a bed of spanish rice, beans, cheese, and guacamole. No matter the time, Ceja's also offers an all-day breakfast menu. On that, guests find such specialties as huevos divorciados, or two eggs served in a fried corn tortilla.
Adding a globe-spanning spin on traditional Mexican presentation, Bull Taco turns cultural preconceptions sideways with a delectable selection of remixed street tacos, bulging burritos, and tasty tortas. Pavement pounders beat a path to locations in Cardiff-by-the-Sea and Oceanside, where the taco pendulum swings from traditional carne asada, chicken, and carnitas ($1.75 each) toward gourmet upgrades including duck confit ($2.50), abalone ($10), and foie gras ($10). Muzzle riotous stomach roosters with a sunrise selection from Bull Taco's all-day breakfast menu, with carnitas, bacon, and chorizo snugly snoozing through meaty dreams in the machaca burrito's ($7) tortilla sleeping bag.
Marieta’s corn and flour tortillas are made from scratch. In fact, everything is, from the fresh guacamole to the cheesy enchiladas. Round out a meal on the umbrella-shaded patio with a margarita flavored with strawberry, guava, tamarind, or mango.
San Luis Rey Bakery’s ovens have turned out countless dozens of Mexican breads and pastries for more than four decades. The family-run confection shop bakes up a staggering array of pastries—from fruit pies and madelines to sweet empanadas and conchasa, or Mexican sweet breads. The sweet treats top off meals from the adjoining restaurant, where chefs simmer huevos rancheros and build sandwiches on house-baked bread. From each teal-cushioned seat in the dining room, patrons can tuck into meals and admire Mexican folk art and the vivid wall mural, or attempt to ruffle the strings of papel picado that crisscross the ceiling with cake-induced telepathy.
Along with San Luis Rey’s bevy of recipes, the bakery also focuses on wedding cakes. The celebratory stacks are adorned in delicate polka dots and paisleys or intricate swirls of creamy white frosting. For birthdays, the shop designs cakes topped with chocolate-covered fruits or vivid layers of fondant.